Mike Tyson claims there were times during the height of his career when he punched fans in the face if they asked for his autograph

Mike Tyson.
  • Mike Tyson has claimed that there were times when he punched fans who asked for his autograph
  • "My life was just miserable, I was out of control," the 53-year-old told Yahoo! Finance of the peak of his career.
  • In the same interview, he credited marijuana use for changing his life after retirement.

Mike Tyson has admitted that he was so out of control during the height of his boxing career that there were times when he punched fans simply for asking for his autograph.

"My life was just miserable, I was out of control," the 53-year-old told Yahoo Finance.

"I was fighting with everybody. If someone asked me for an autograph, I'd punch them in the face. I was just a mess."

Tyson had numerous brushes with the law during his turbulent career, including being charged for battery, sexual battery, misdemeanour assault, and assault with a deadly weapon.

He is also a registered sex offender and spent three years in prison after being found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of deviate sexual conduct against Desiree Washington in 1992.

The former fighter, who came out of retirement for an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. last November, credits taking up smoking cannabis with helping him turn his life around.

"After I retired, I started smoking," Tyson said. "What a mistake that was - I should have smoked my whole career. I should have smoked when I was fighting because it put me in this different state of mind.

"I'm very relaxed and the more relaxed you are, the better fighter you are, at least in my case."

Ahead of his fight against Jones Jr., Tyson said he also took psychedelics.

"I think of it as an enhancer," he said. "It makes me better, even in the ring. The punches don't hurt as much, it has a lot to do with my comeback, the psychedelics."

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Treyvon Brown

I shook his hand in JFK AIRPORT... his very large bodyguard tried to stop the encounter, but Tyson simply pushed him aside, and shook my hand. I'm forever grateful I didn't get punched in the face. lol

reality truth

Mike gets a distorted rap. He is a very intelligent man, but people act like he is not. He has strong emotions, but he communicates very well and you may not agree w him, but he is good at expressing his ideas

Joe Gomez

Tyson is one of the greatest examples of how marijuana is beneficial, and I for one applaud him for taking such an open stance on the matter. The fact is I'm also one of the one who sees benefits from consuming cannabis. I'm a Vet with multiple mental illness to include PTSD, before mj I was on about 14 different medications, now that I have been using medical mj for the last two years I'm down to only the absolutely necessary ones. I am also a very firm believer that I isn't a gateway drug as my first experience with mind altering substances came in the sixth grade when I was given Adderall which led to almost a nineteen year back and forth ride with both stimulants and alcohol. I'm proud to say I'm almost 7 years without a drink, and over 3 from Meth. While I still use nicotine, caffeine, and cannabis I don't consider myself clean, but I do consider myself sober since I don't use my drugs of choice anymore.


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